Project Name: Worldly Mountain Retreat

Location: Denver, Colorado

Interior Designer: Andrea Schumacher

Architect: Wildgrass Architecture, Lodestone Design Group

A 1963 pastoral mountain home outside of Denver, later redesigned to brighten the space and infuse the homeowner’s love of blending styles, colours and textures. When the homeowners bought their beautiful brick Denver home, the interior was, as they said, “depressing in its blandness.” A redecoration that started as a simple procedure quickly became bone-cracking surgery.

The biggest objectives for Andrea Schumacher Interiors were to incorporate the homeowner’s many eclectic and beautiful family heirlooms, art, and antiques collected from their travels. The designers were not afraid to put seemingly disparate pieces together to create the multi-layered and textured look they wanted. They drew elevations of every room showing where pieces might be used, and revised based on feedback. Walls of bookcases, for example, became open doorways. For colour, Andrea Schumacher Interiors pored over hundreds of swatches, comparing fabrics and wall colours with the owners every step of the way. In the living room, the homeowners had expanded the space to introduce more natural light. The designers framed the doors with a custom, colourful, vintage-inspired fabric that inspired the rest of the room’s inviting blend of wood trim, chandeliers, fabrics, heirloom furniture, art, and antiques.

Andrea Schumacher Interiors loved being able to layer so many styles, colours, and textures alongside the owner’s amazing collection of art and furniture. The style of the home is not Old World, but worldly, layered with the owners’ travels and appreciation for heritage and culture. It’s not too serious and not too silly, a true testament to the spirit of who lives there. Andrea Schumacher’s favourite example is the kitchen’s pairing of vintage-inspired Chinoiserie wallpaper with a bold and modern green island. The designers were personally involved with the custom design of the cabinetry in the home, as well as the patterns on drapes and wallpaper. The chinoiserie silk paper in the kitchen, in particular, was hand-painted in a custom colour option to get around the owner’s distaste for pink.